We welcome new organisations to collaborate with us to offer great learning experiences for our students in education, engineering, health and law. 

Our next gen creative and innovative placement students can inject insight and new perspectives into your organisation, and help your team achieve their goals.

Accreditional placements

Learn more about accreditation placements.

Professional experience placements are a mandatory component of teacher education courses. Each course stipulates the number of placement days that must be completed each year of the course, which is a requirement for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching. 

For undergraduate students, this will be no fewer than 80 days and no fewer than 60 days for postgraduate.

Placements occur during the semester and provide an essential link between theory and practice. The experience underpins the theoretical and pedagogical knowledge taught in the education units. 

Contact the Professional Experience Manager to find out how to engage with our education students by emailing eduplacements@swinburne.edu.au.

Undergraduate engineering students must complete a minimum of 12 weeks approved, relevant experience before graduation.

Placements provide students with an opportunity to apply their studies in engineering practice. 

Contact us for more information on engaging with our engineering students across 10 disciplines, including civil and construction, mechanical, electronic and electrical, robotics and mechatronics, software, product design, biomedical, telecommunication and architectural.

Email the professional placements team for more information at employer@swinburne.edu.au.

Undergraduate level

If you’re looking to take on a nursing or exercise and sports science accreditation placement student, the following placement requirements apply:

  • Our Bachelor of Nursing students must complete a minimum of 800 hours of placement during the course to be eligible for graduation and registration. 
  • Our Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science students must complete 140 hours of placement in year three of their course.
Postgraduate level

If you’re looking to take on a postgraduate accreditation placement student, the following placement requirements apply:

  • Our Master of Occupational Therapy students must complete three blocks of placement during the two-year course, for a total of 1000 hours of placement. 
  • Our postgraduate psychology students must complete between 60 and 200 days of placement depending on exact course requirements. 
  • Our Master of Dietetics students must complete four five-week placement blocks in the second year of your course, totalling 100 days of placement. 
  • Our Master of Physiotherapy students must complete 1000 hours of placements over the course which includes block placements and work integrated learning. 
  • Our Master of Counselling students must undertake 120 client contact hours of placement in year 2 and 3 of the course.
Have a question?

If you have any questions around our health accreditation placements, contact the Health Placement team by emailing healthplacements@swinburne.edu.au.

Our Bachelor of Laws students must complete three 20-day accreditation placements over the course of their degree.  

These placements must be for a minimum of 20 days full-time equivalent work with no time limit for completion.  

This gives you the flexibility to host the student in a single block or over an extended period.  

You’re able to host a student on a placement for as many days as is suitable for you and the student.  

The work experience during a placement must have legal content. This can be varied in nature but a placement including only non-legal work, such as accounting or reception, at a legal workplace does not meet the requirements.

Have a question?

If you have any questions, email employer@swinburne.edu.au.

Swinburne require accreditation placements for students in a number Vocational Education programs such as: Early Childhood and Education, Allied Health, Mental Health, Community Services, Youth Work, Nursing and Individual Support.

If you’re looking to take on a TAFE accreditation placement student, please contact us for more information.

Early Childcare and Education Placements:
+61 3 9210 1188

Allied Health and Mental Health Placements:
+61 3 9210 1993

Community Services and Youth Work Placements:
+61 3 9210 1161

Nursing and Individual Support Placements:
+61 3 9210 1992

  • "Our organisation has greatly benefited from the program, with extra assistance to complete new and existing projects using the student’s fresh ideas and approachesIt has also afforded existing staff the opportunity to develop themselves through interaction and engagement with the students."

    Peter Moran , Co-ordinator of Construction Development, City of Yarra


Swinburne does not charge your organisation to host our accreditation placement students. There are some conditions, such as adequate supervision, that must be met before a placement can go ahead.

Accreditation placements are generally unpaid, although payment to students is not discouraged for law and engineering.  

Would you like to know more? Submit a query and we’ll explain the process and requirements.

Partner with us

Partner with us and take on an accreditation placement student in education, engineering, health and law by contacting the placements team on +61 3 9214 4577 or submit your query online. 

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